Case Study

Isca College of Media Arts

Media rich learning meets mobile.

As a school with a specialism in media arts it comes as no surprise that the Apple digital learning environment is at the heart of Isca’s creative teaching.

Students use industry standard tools, including the Mac and Logic Pro, to produce a school radio station that has picked up two Sony Radio Music Awards and recently recognised as the Most Outstanding School Radio in the UK by radio industry body Arqiva. In addition to the school’s expertise in audio production students are taught video editing skills, using iMovie and Final Cut Pro, as part of the BBC News School Report project.

The school has several carts of MacBooks which are in use across the Creative Arts Department. Modern Foreign Languages started their journey towards mobile learning after they were assigned their own cart in 2006; making use of GarageBand in the production of multi-lingual podcasts.

Isca is now pioneering the use of iPads as a learning resource enriching all aspects of teaching and learning through their innovative use in the classroom.

Rather than finding them in a specialised department they are being used across the entire curriculum with the greatest uptake coming from the Modern Foreign Languages department.

In addition to the college’s MacBook carts, a specialised suite of iMacs is used to support higher level and diploma work including pro applications such as Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro and Adobe’s Creative Suite. This is heavily supported by Isca’s Media Technicians who have extensive industry experience which is invaluable to the students’ understanding.

Stormfront worked with the school to implement a campus-wide, integrated solution to support the Macs taking advantage of the school’s existing Windows infrastructure.

With Stormfront’s specialised experience working with professional workflows, the students and teachers now have a seamless and robust solution to deliver cutting-edge teaching and learning.

Keen to share their experiences, Isca have been selected by Apple as a Regional Training Centre. Courses run include Digital Bookmaking, Podcasting in Modern Foreign Languages and Mobile Learning and are free for local educators to attend.

The Apple Regional Training Centre programme builds on the experience and achievements of many of Isca’s teachers already using Apple technology in the classroom.

“Our media-rich learning atmosphere is exciting, we offer a flexible and personalised curriculum with a huge range of enrichment opportunities”
Mandi Street, Head Teacher

The programme offers schools the opportunity to attend courses relevant to their curriculum interests and needs.

To find your nearest Regional Training Centre or to register your interest in becoming an RTC contact the Stormfront Education Team today.

Stormfront can advise on how best to purchase, deploy and install apps on your school’s iPads. We can tailor a solution to your needs and assist with the whole process.

Working with hundreds of schools across the UK, Stormfront’s Education Team have the answers to your questions.

We can advise on the implementation of device management for iPad. Manage the installing of apps, access to YouTube as well as centrally configuring network, email and calendar settings.

For further information call us on 0333 00 44 111 or email education@stormfront.co.uk
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App Focus

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Pearltrees

Visual curation and collaboration of ideas and resources from the web.

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Book Creator

Create iBooks right on the iPad to demonstrate their knowledge or create revision material.

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Google search

Search using images from the camera or through voice actions, as well as typing.

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Aurasma

Create augmented reality actions that appear when you use the app and hover over the selected image.